33 million watched All-Stars debut.

33 million watched All-Stars debut.
The first episode of Survivor All-Stars, which repeats tonight, was, as CBS brags, “the fourth highest rated episode of SURVIVOR ever” with 33.27 million viewers. That’s impressive, until you realize that the last half hour of the Super Bowl was watched by almost 99 million people. Thus, during the post-game crap, CBS lost 66 million viewers. USA TODAY notes that the show began “35 minutes later than the 2001 edition.” Overall, that was 27 percent fewer than the 45.4 million people who stuck around for the post-Super Bowl Survivor Australia.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.